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Get a Goofy Tooned-Out Makeover with New ToonifyMe App

Posted by Stephen Hall on April 4th, 2014
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

There are countless apps on the App Store made for editing photos, and it seems a decent number of those are primarily just for fun (FatBooth, anyone?). Today, MotionPortrait Inc. is adding their new app ToonifyMe to the list of goofy photography apps; this one analyzes the features of your face and makes caricature-like cartoons in a "fast, fun, and interactive way!"

But the app does more than just make caricatures. You can add a ton of effects to your now-tooned picture with the swipe of a few fingers, reshaping your photo and adding filters for even more variety. Lastly, the app can share your caricatures on social media, allowing you to show off your goofy creation to your friends.

You can get ToonifyMe on the App Store for free.

BUNT MLB Trading Card Game Updated with New Card Types, New Gameplay Features

Posted by Stephen Hall on April 4th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: SACRIFICE :: Read Review »

Hit MLB trading card game BUNT from Topps is a fun way to collect, trade, and play cards with what the company calls the "best baseball card collecting community in the world." The game has a wide variety of features, including real-time valuation, strategic trading with real people, an authentic collecting experience, and the wide variety of player stats that come with each card.

The app was recently updated to make the experience even better for 2014. The game's version 4.0 update comes packed with a brand new user interface, new gameplay features, a slew of new card types, and new fan metrics. Also, the update allows players to trade in higher volume; now up to up to 9 for 9 cards. You can find BUNT: The MLB Digital Baseball Trading Card Game on the App Store for free.

Freeze! Updated with a Fourth World and Many New Challenges

Posted by Stephen Hall on April 2nd, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: MADDENING FUN :: Read Review »

Freeze!, an app from indie developer Andreas von Lepel and FrozenGunGames, is a great physics-based game known for its gorgeous visual appearance. The game's mechanics and gameplay style set it apart from the majority of iOS games, and its visuals are delightfully grayscale and creepy. But the app has received many content updates since it was first released, and now another world is available for your puzzle solving pleasure.

The latest update to Freeze! brings the game's fourth world, which packs many new fun and beautiful-looking levels and challenges. But this update also brings a new in-app purchase. While previously available in-app purchases have allowed players to unlock each world (1-4) for $0.99 each, the game's latest update adds the option for players to unlock all worlds (2, 3, and 4) for the same price: $0.99.

You can get Freeze! on the App Store for free.

Fantastical 2 for iPad is Now Available, Includes New Fantastical Dashboard

Posted by Stephen Hall on April 2nd, 2014
iPad App - Designed for iPad

Fantastical 2 from Flexibits, known as the most fantastic calendar available for the iPhone, was this morning released in the larger iPad form-factor. The app ships with all of the calendar features you love from the iPhone version, including its seamless iOS reminders integration, the ability to open links in third-party browsers and apps, the ability quickly search through your events and reminders, and most importantly, its language parser that allows you to create events in plain English.

But the iPad version of Fantastical 2 features the new Fantastical Dashboard, which allows you multiple ways (such as DayTicker, week view, or full-screen week view) to view your events and reminders in a way that suits you best. And your Fantastical Dashboard can be switched between these different views with a simple gesture. Overall, this app is a great addition to the Fantastical family, leaving only the Mac version yet to be updated to the "2" version number.

You can get Fantastical 2 for iPad on the App Store for $9.99.

New Comedy Central App Lets you Watch Full-Length Episodes on your iOS Device

Posted by Stephen Hall on April 2nd, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Known for its crude and hilarious TV shows, Comedy Central this morning released the first version of its iOS app. As goes with many other TV station apps, Comedy Central allows you to watch a huge amount of full-length TV shows - that is, if you sign in with your TV provider account. And sadly, only select partnered TV provider accounts are going to work with the app (notably, Dish Network is missing).

But if you really want to catch up on the latest episodes of The Colbert Report, South Park, and other shows, this is the app to go to. These full episodes will carry ads (even after logging in), but you won't watch as many as if you were watching live TV. The app also features stand-up specials, archived TV show selections, and the ability to share clips with your friends.

You can get Comedy Central on the App Store for free.

Get a Grasp on the Beauty of Mathematics with Incredible Numbers

Posted by Stephen Hall on April 2nd, 2014
iPad App - Designed for iPad

Have you ever wanted to truly understand the beauty of numbers and how they relate to the world around us? If so, you need to check out this new app called Incredible Numbers from Touch Press. Drawn from the work of bestselling author Professor Ian Stewart, Incredible Numbers walks you through a plethora of interactive examples that show you everything form the significance of numbers in nature to how they brings us pleasure through music.

Incredible Numbers features topics such as Infinity, Pi, Music, Codes, Nature, Primes, Polygons, and Factorials - walking you through 23 articles crafted by Professor Ian Stewart himself, along with 71 "groundbreaking" demonstrations. The app also includes 15 of Ian Stewart’s most famous mathematical puzzles. The goal here is to convince you that math is beautiful.

You can get Incredible Numbers on the App Store for $4.99, and the app is only compatible with iPad.

Doughbot Lets You Find the Nearest Donut Shop, Integrates Yelp Reviews

Posted by Stephen Hall on April 1st, 2014
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

Sometimes, you just really need a doughnut. And if you're lost and don't know which way to turn (and don't want to open up Yelp and type "donuts"), a new app called Doughbot will come to the rescue. The app, as you might expect, takes your current location and finds the nearest doughnut shops and then presents them to you via the app's simplistic and beautiful user interface.

The app gives you navigation and walking directions when you've found the shop you want, has reviews for shops in-app that are pulled from popular review platform Yelp, and includes photo galleries powered by Instagram. Really there's no better doughnut-finding app out there, and this one costs only $0.99 - about the same as a doughnut. You can get Doughbot on the App Store right now.

Upcoming Flying Fortress RPG from BoxCat is a Steampunk Story Game with Charm

Posted by Stephen Hall on April 1st, 2014

Flying Fortress is a upcoming iOS roleplaying game, set in an airship and designed specifically with character narrative, exploration, and strategic battles in mind. The game's "streamlined" gameplay style allows players to engage with its story at their own pace, only requiring you to use one hand to play. The game comes from Los Angeles-based development studio BoxCat.

It features over 200 cutscenes, 108 collectable characters that will all see a different fate at the hand of your decisions, and 50 craft-able airships that can be customized for best battle performance. Finally, the game sets itself apart from the rest of the iOS gaming world herd as it is completely offline and playable anywhere.

Flying Fortress is expected to land sometime in Q3 of this year on iOS.

Transit Train and Bus Schedule App Gets an iOS 7 Makeover

Posted by Stephen Hall on April 1st, 2014
iPhone & Apple Watch App - Designed for iPhone and Apple Watch, compatible with iPad

Transit is arguably one of the best apps for making your public transportation experience less hectic, and the app has support for most of the world's largest metropolitan areas. There's really no reason not to have this app if you ever need to ride a train or catch the bus. But recently, Transit received a huge update that not only brings its user interface design up to date, but adds a bulk of new features as well.

The update features an "all Routes mode," which lets users explore route and stops in their region, train and subway stations listed in auto-complete while searching, the ability to "search locations using stop codes," an improved offline mode, and more. Of course on top of all these goodies the newly updated app features a beautiful newly designed interface to flatten it up and make it more iOS 7-y.

You can get Transit on the App Store for free.

Color Splash Receives Update Featuring a New UI, New Color Adjusting Tools

Posted by Stephen Hall on March 31st, 2014
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: HIGHLY RECOMMENDED :: Read Review »

Color Splash has been on the App Store for a very, very long time. Essentially, the app lets you take a full-color photo, highlight the part that you want to stand out, and make the entire image black and white except that specific point of focus. It's a cool effect, and not many apps can provide the same. But this senior member of the App Store has received a much-needed update, which you can download right now.

Version 3.0 of Color Splash updates the app to have an iOS 7 aesthetic, which gives it "a sleek new look and feel" according to the update notes. The update also packs a new "hue shift" adjustment slider which allows the user to change the colors slightly within the image being edited. Finally, the previously-removed option of displaying the outline of the brush while painting has been brought back.

You can get Color Splash, if you don't already have it, on the App Store for $0.99.

Runtastic PRO Gets Updated with a Completely New User Interface, New Automatic Sync, and Hydration Features

Posted by Stephen Hall on March 31st, 2014
iPhone & Apple Watch App - Designed for iPhone and Apple Watch, compatible with iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: COOL RUNNINGS :: Read Review »

Runtastic PRO, which is a GPS tracker for fitness activities, is a great option for those interested in being more active on a daily basis. The app primarily features mapping functionality, but includes other features such as a personal training diary, geotagging, a personal voice coach, post-workout statistics, graphs for tracking your progress over time, social media sharing, and more.

But the app is now even better than it was before, with the release of its version 5.0 update. The latest update has retained all of the app's robust features, but provides the user with a new way of going about using them. Version 5.0 has a completely new user interface design and structure, as well as post-activity improvements including new automatic sync and hydration features.

You can get Runtastic PRO on the App Store for $4.99.

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Game Creation App Createrria Gets Update with More Themes, More Physics, and New Items

Posted by Stephen Hall on March 28th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: GET CREATIVE! :: Read Review »

Createrria, the app on the App Store known for its ability to quickly and easily help you create your own games, has received a massive update with a ton of new items, themes, and mechanics that make your game-making experience just that much better.

The update features a new graphics theme called Eclipse, a new gameplay mechanic for those who can't get enough of the "flappy"-style games, new items, new backgrounds, new "avatar and profile décor," major performance improvements for older devices, and a variety of bug fixes to top it off. Check out the basics of the update in the teaser trailer below, and head over to the App Store to grab the latest version of Createrria.

You can get Createrria on the App Store for free.

FridgePoems Gets iPad Support and More in Recent Update

Posted by Stephen Hall on March 28th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Remember those little black and white magnets you would play with on the fridge as a kid? They were a blast for creating the wackiest of phrases, poems, and stories. But what if you could play with those magnets all the time with no need for a fridge? FridgePoems is a great app that lets you do just that, and it recently received a big update bringing it to version 1.3, which adds iPad support for even more magnet-making fun.

The update claims to make the "fridges bigger," but they only mean big enough to support the larger screen of Apple's iPad. Other features in this update include bug fixes and a bit of "polishing... here and there."

You can get FridgePoems on the App Store for free.

Joe Danger Infinity Gets New "Daily Challenge" Mode in Latest Update

Posted by Stephen Hall on March 27th, 2014

Many games have been receiving "daily challenge" modes lately, and Joe Danger Infinity just couldn't help but join the party. The game is similar to the many motocross sidescrollers we've seen on the App Store for years, but takes the concept to completely new heights. In the game's first major update, version 1.1, players can participate in daily challenges to earn big coin prizes.

Building off a game mode added to Joe Danger Touch, the levels in the new update are very challenging with traps and obstacles that the player must avoid, and challenge the player with multiple routes to choose from. To get the best score, you'll need to land some awesome tricks on top of simply making it through these awesome new levels.

You can get Joe Danger Infinity on the App Store for $0.99.

UpTo Calendar Hits Reset, Relaunches on the App Store with Multiple Layer Interface

Posted by Stephen Hall on March 27th, 2014
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: ORGANIZED :: Read Review »

UpTo originally launched in 2012, hoping to revolutionize the way we use our mobile calendar by making it just a bit more social. Now, more than two years later, the app is getting a facelift and a new breath of life with what the company behind the app is calling a relaunch; they feel they needed to start over to truly do the calendar right.

Part of what the new version of UpTo hopes to bring to the already very saturated calendar app market is a new user interface that has "multiple layers," leaving behind the assumption that a calendar must be a flat list. Be sure to head over to the UpTo site for more info, check out the video teaser below, and you can grab the newest version of UpTo off the App Store right now.